Defendant Pleads Not Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

During a March 7 hearing, a defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges in a sex abuse case.

The 53-year-old defendant is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual abuse while intoxicated, kidnapping, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and threat to kidnap or injure a person. The charges are in regards to an incident that took place on the 1200 block of Ruam Street, NE. 

According to court documents on June 5, 2022, the complainant was allegedly forced to smoke crack cocaine, was struck by the defendant on the buttocks, and attempted to hit her face with iron as she used her hand to shield herself. 

A Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer asked the complainant if the two had any past sexual history and she stated “Oh Yeah, and he sodomized me,” documents stated.  

The prosecution said DNA testing has been done and evidence will be sent over to the defense. 

Defense attorney Cheryl D. Stein said she will be submitting a voucher to conduct another DNA test due to her being ill with Covid-19. 

A status hearing is scheduled for April 21. 

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